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Religious Studies with Philosophy and Ethics A-Level at Prince Henry's High School

Course description

There is a great emphasis on written skills and discussion. Both courses are examined by 2 exams at the end of each year. Philosophy and Ethics will equip you with skills such as: analysis of information and ideas, critical thinking, empathy and tolerance.

Course content

Both AS and A Level are divided up into Religion, Philosophy and Ethics.

In AS students will study philosophical issues raised by religion and belief. These will include the existence of God, the nature of religious experience and the problem of evil and suffering. In Ethics they will study the thought and concepts of key thinkers on Ethics as well as issues to do with practical issues such as Life and Death. Students will also study of one of the religious traditions, exploring its belief, values, and teachings, sources of wisdom, authority and practice.

A Level Philosophy in addition to the AS topics looks at religious language, miracles and the nature of God, Ethics focuses on questions of ethical language and the question of freewill and determinism. We will also explore how Religion has faced challenges from Secularism and how it has grappled with questions of gender and pluralism.

Entry requirements

If Religious Studies has been completed at GCSE you must have a B. Alternatively if you haven’t completed Religious Studies GCSE you must have a B in a Humanity (History or Geography) or English.

Future opportunities

Many ex-pupils have chosen to continue the subject to a higher level, and careers have included: The Police Force, Medicine, Law, Journalism, Government and Politics, Conservation, Publishing, Midwifery, Forensics, Retail, Human Resources, the Armed Forces, one bona-fida (paid) Philosopher and many armchair ones!!

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Prince Henry's High School directly.

Last updated date: 08 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years